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The Top 6 Digital Healthcare Trends to Look Out For

An Article by Naana Bodomo

The healthcare industry has undergone unimaginable changes within a single decade. Above all, there is one monumental factor that we have to thank for this change: technology.

From mobile devices to robots, the birth of digital healthcare has undoubtedly transformed the lives of health workers and patients overnight. While this endless stream of cutting-edge innovations paints an incredibly bright future, it can also feel impossible to know which tools should be at the top of your list. But not to worry – we’ve got you covered. Here we’ve broken down 6 digital healthcare trends that are smashing barriers across the entire industry. So, come along with us to uncover the digital healthcare trends that you’ve got to look out for.

1. Virtual Reality (VR)

Ever thought a device that is essentially a video game could solve your medical issues? Well with VR, that’s exactly what can happen. Since 2018, VR has been changing the digital healthcare scene with its groundbreaking patient treatment potential.

VR’s ability to be a completely immersive distraction has done wonders especially for medical issues that require pain treatment. VR has proven time and time again to be a much safer and more efficient alternative to drugs which not only can have harmful side effects but are often addictive for many patients. In addition to healing pain, VR has also been an efficient treatment for anxiety, PTSD and even strokes.

2. Artificial Intelligence (AI)

AI has opened up a plethora of new doors in the healthcare industry. Capabilities such as machine learning algorithms are being utilized to safely test chemicals and bring new drugs into the medical market at a much faster rate.

AI applications are also able to improve the speed and accuracy of diagnosis processes, greatly reducing the risk of diseases going undetected. For example, the FDA recently approved an AI-based device that can detect eye disease through high-resolution retina scans with an impressive 90% accuracy rate.

3. Business Process Management (BPM)

Time is of the essence in healthcare organizations. More often than not, time conservation comes down to ridding internal processes of inefficiencies so that productivity can always be maximized. One sure-fire way to ensure that healthcare institutional processes are always streamlined is by using a BPM Suite.

BPM software such as FireStart give users the freedom to design, execute and monitor processes. Not only is it customizable, but it goes a step further to provide capabilities for change management proving BPM to be a real game-changer. Still not convinced? Check out how FireStart’s BPM solution transformed The Vienna Health Association.

4. Mobile Apps

Did you know that the average smartphone user touches their phone 2,617 times in just one day? Since we seem to be glued to these devices anyway, it is only natural that mobile phones have become integrated into our healthcare systems too.

There is an increasingly growing market for mobile apps that are making health tracking more accessible than ever before. For example, mobile apps for diabetics to log their blood sugar levels by scanning the values from their meters right into their phones are rapidly growing in popularity.

These healthcare apps are a revolutionary way of constantly regulating the wellbeing of patients with long term illnesses and always keeping medical professionals up to date with their patient’s statuses.

5. Blockchain

Electronic health records (EHRs) often contain a variety of confidential patient information such as a person’s medical history, home address, and financial information including credit card numbers. That’s why these records are a prime target for internet hackers who sell them for as much as $1,000 on the black market.

Technologies such as blockchain can help to prevent this danger by ensuring the accuracy and safety of digital health records. Blockchain permits the distribution of transactional records using a peer-to-peer system via a shared digital ledger which greatly enhances security.

Blockchain has already proven to be an effective tool for preventing data breaches and cutting costs in the medical world. With the healthcare industry already investing millions of dollars into blockchain, this is certainly not a trend to sleep on.

6. Wearable Medical Devices

Most people’s healthcare activities consist of getting a general checkup once a year and only seeing a doctor if they happen to fall ill. However, it is becoming more and more apparent how crucial it is for healthcare to be preventative rather than reactive. Therefore, a market for live medical information has opened up and wearable medical devices have become the solution for many.

For instance, devices such as finger Oximeters can help doctors predict major health events for patients with respiratory illnesses. Healthcare companies have been investing in these devices so quickly that the wearable medical device market is expected to reach a whopping $27 million by 2023.

There you have it – the digital healthcare trends that are making healthcare better, faster and more efficient than ever before. With these brand-new time and cost saving technologies at our fingertips, there is no reason not to adopt them. So, what are you waiting for? Try out one of these tools in your medical institution today.

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